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Friday September 28, 2012

Natsumi (Kurau)

setagaya, tokyo
Märchen Gothic
SUMMER 2012,
Kjeld Duits


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Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Very romantic, I like it ^^ It also looks kinda German…

Sep 28, 2012 (4089 days ago)

love this look!!! it looks amazing on her +plus she is so pretty x33

Sep 29, 2012 (4089 days ago)

Very Oktoberfest, indeed. I think she’s wearing a dirndil.

Sep 30, 2012 (4087 days ago)

Yes, Natsumi was inspired by traditional German folk clothing. She made the clothing herself and calls this style Märchen Gothic (Fairytale Gothic).

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Sep 30, 2012 (4087 days ago)

That isn`t a real Dirndl at all ( I am from Germany) but it is clearly inspired by german folkolore. The edges of her top are very bavaryan but her apron looks more like a traditional pattern from the north and the east of germany. It`s a great and beautiful look and despite I am not a ‘‘proud german’‘, its flattering that her beautiful dress is inspired by german patterns.

Oct 3, 2012 (4084 days ago)

I have to tag along. Not that I’m from Bavaria and got anything to do with their tradition (bad enough they have to be the stereotype of germans), but not every clothing that’s apronlike with a skirt and blouse is a Dirndl. But the embroyded white shawl on her dress indeed reminds me of the Tracht they wear in Nordfriesland right around where I live. But Nora, I don’t think you have to legitimate yourself in this forum with things like “I’m not a proud German”. I think this forum is tolerant enough to know that not every german (just because he/she is german) is all about nationalism. But I do agree: nationality is not something to be proud about. We live in a globalized world and this factor can change easily. Culture and tradition on the other hand are.

But enough of that and back to the important thing why we are all her: fashion, streetlife and lifestyle! A nice outfit with a folkloristic touch. The hairband looks really nice. Makes this outfit an autumn outfit in my opinion.

Dörrie Banana
Nov 3, 2012 (4054 days ago)

@nora & Dörrie Banana: When Kurau created her outfit, she was deeply inspired by traditional German folk clothing. So much so that she has called this style Märchen Gothic. But I think she only wanted to create an interpretation, not a copy. I’m sure that she’s happy that you feel flattered. ^_-

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 5, 2012 (4051 days ago)

Märchen Gothic! I’d love to hear her pronounce that :D But it’s nice someones interested in our culture, I feel the same way.

Dörrie Banana
Nov 6, 2012 (4051 days ago)

@Dörrie Banana: The German word Märchen is a widely used loanword in Japanese. Much better known than the English fairytale. It is pronounced meruhen (メルヘン). So Märchen Gothic is Meruhen Goshikku (メルヘンゴシック).

Kjeld Duits (photographer)
Nov 6, 2012 (4050 days ago)

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